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On not cooking

Francine Prose adores food, but her family has ushered her out of the kitchen

An image from a 1950s magazine advert: “My mother liked proving that a woman could work full time and still be a perfect housewife”

It’s been almost 15 years since I overheard my son’s school friend, visiting for the weekend, ask if he thought they could have scrambled eggs for lunch.

My son said, “Sure, I’ll ask my mom.”

Then the friend asked if they could have scrambled eggs with onions. There was a long, ruminative pause. Finally I heard my son say, “Actually, maybe we’d better wait till my dad gets home for that.”

This must have been the…

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